United States

Understanding the historic divergence between productivity and workers pay

by Josh Bivins and Lawrence Mishel Economic Policy Institute September 2, 2015

Wage stagnation experienced by the vast majority of American workers has emerged as a central issue in economic policy debates, with candidates and leaders of both parties noting its importance. This is a welcome development because it means that economic inequality has become a focus of attention a...

Occupational wage declines since the Great Recession: Low-wage occupations see largest real wage declines

by Claire McKenna and Irene Tung National Employment Law Project September 2, 2015

On this Labor Day 2015, the U.S. labor market has shown considerable healing since the Great Recession. Private sector employment has expanded steadily, and the jobless rate has continued to fall. Yet, underlying weaknesses persist, as evidenced by the historically low employment rate of prime-age w...

Jasmin Almodovar, right, a home health aide in Cleveland, has received no increase in her hourly pay of $9.50 since 2007, even as costs for necessities have risen. Photo:  Michael F. McElroy/The New York Times

Low income workers see biggest drop in income

by Nelson D. Schwartz September 2, 2015

Despite steady gains in hiring, a falling unemployment rate and other signs of an improving economy, take-home pay for many American workers has effectively fallen since the economic recovery began in 2009, according to a new study by an advocacy group that is to be released on Thursday....

The surging ranks of America’s ultrapoor

by Aimee Picchi CBS MoneyWatch September 2, 2015

By one dismal measure, America is joining the likes of Third World countries. The number of U.S. residents who are struggling to survive on just $2 a day has more than doubled since 1996, placing 1.5 million households and 3 million children in this desperate economic situation. That's according to...

Farm workers and their supporters march to the office of Sakuma Farms, Burlington, Washington. Photo: David Bacon

The Pacific Coast Farm-Worker Rebellion: From Baja California to Washington state, indigenous farm workers are standing up for their rights

by David Bacon The Nation August 28, 2015

A burned-out concrete blockhouse—the former police station—squats on one side of the only divided street in Vicente Guerrero, half a mile from Baja California’s transpeninsular highway. Just across the street lies the barrio of Nuevo (New) San Juan Copala, one of the first settlements of mi...

Frank E. Petersen, first black general in the Marines, dies at 83

by Sam Roberts New York Times August 26, 2015

Frank E. Petersen Jr., who suffered bruising racial indignities as a military enlistee in the 1950s and was even arrested at an officers’ club on suspicion of impersonating a lieutenant, but who endured to become the first black aviator and the first black general in the Marine Corps, died on Tues...

Amelia Boynton Robinson, activist beaten on Selma bridge, dies at 104

by Matt Schudel Washington Post August 26, 2015

Amelia Boynton Robinson, who led voting drives and ran for Congress as a civil rights activist in Alabama, and whose severe beating by police during the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” confrontation at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., shocked the nation, died Aug. 26 at a hospital in Montgomery, Al...

George M. Houser, organizer of an early Freedom Ride, dies at 99

by Emily Langer Washington Post August 22, 2015

George M. Houser, a white Methodist minister who helped lead an interracial bus trip across the segregated South in 1947, an act of nonviolent resistance that years later inspired the better known Freedom Rides that stirred the civil rights movement, died Aug. 19 in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was 99....

Louis Stokes, Congressman from Ohio and champion of the poor, dies at 90

by Dennis Hevesi New York Times August 19, 2015

Louis Stokes, who as the first African-American congressman from Ohio helped focus federal attention on the nation’s poor and led a special House investigation into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., died on Tuesday at his home in a Cleveland s...

Julian Bond, charismatic civil rights leader, dies at 75

by Roy Reed New York Times August 17, 2015

Julian Bond, a charismatic figure of the 1960s civil rights movement, a lightning rod of the anti-Vietnam War campaign and a lifelong champion of equal rights, notably as chairman of the N.A.A.C.P., died on Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was 75....

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